Osteopathy is a manual therapy and the goal is to restore mobility and proper mechanics to all
areas of the body. This includes joints, muscles, the nervous system and fascia. The osteopath
looks at the whole body, assessing front to back and top to bottom to ensure the body works as
well as possible. An osteopath can be likened to being a human mechanic. Osteopaths detect
areas of restricted movement throughout the body by using palpation (their hands) and testing
IT IMPORTANT TO RESTORE MOBILITY
Restricted mobility in both joints and fascia can change mechanics causing degenerative changes
such as DDD and OA, tight tissue may also compress nerves and blood flow causing pain and
decreased nutrition to tissues.
The PATIENTS ASSESSED?
Following a though history and details of presenting symptoms a standard orthopedic and
neurological evaluation is preformed to ensure osteopathic treatment is appropriate. If further
medical investigation or medical follow up necessary they are referred back to their family
physician with a letter of explanation.
Osteopathic assessment consists of postural observation, mobility testing and hands on palpation.
The TREATMENT CONSIST OF AND ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS
Numerous techniques are used that restore mobility to spinal and peripheral joints and fascia.
Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds the all structures in the body and if compressed
can restrict mobility. Spinal mobility can be restored using muscle energy and functional/ligamentous techniques, thus avoiding thrust manipulation that could compromise the vertebral
artery in the neck or weakened spinal joints due to osteoporosis.
PATIENTS BENEFIT FROM OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT
We treat all ages and many different conditions, however we see many patients who have
plateaued with other treatments. These include chronic spinal conditions, headaches, TMD and
post whiplash/ MVA. We also treat babies and children. Click conditions treated for a more
WHY OSTEOPATHY FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Osteopathy is a comprehensive approach to healing that is ideally suited for children as it is very
gentle and soothing. According to osteopathic principles, the structure of the body is viewed
as being integral to optimal motion and functioning of all body tissues. Structural problems
that arise from a difficult pregnancy or birth, or general childhood falls and bumps, can result
in restrictions in the motion of the body tissues. As children and infants are still developing,
many issues, such as birth trauma, if left untreated could lead to problems down the road once
development is complete. If these injuries are addressed, potential future complications can be
The other critical consideration of osteopathy is balancing the autonomic nervous system,
otherwise known as the fight or flight response. Acknowledging the role of the mind-body
connection and the role of physical and mental stress in physical health is crucial to healing.
Balancing the autonomic nervous system can have a great impact on the endocrine (hormonal)
and immune systems, maximizing the healing process. This mind-body connection also extends
to consider the impact of our primary social relationships on well being.